NCAA champions, an Olympic medalist and Oregon's leader in career football coaching victories will enter the school's athletics hall of fame later this year.
The 2019 class, announced Wednesday, includes two teams and four individuals: former football coach Mike Bellotti, distance runner Galen Rupp, NCAA javelin champion Rachel Yurkovich, all-America center and NFL veteran Max Unger, Oregon's men's NCAA-champion cross country teams from 2007 and 2008 and the Ducks' 1989 softball team.
Bellotti posted a 116-55 record as coach of the Ducks from 1995-2008. He led Oregon to 12 bowl games, including a Fiesta Bowl victory over Colorado to cap the 2001 season. The Ducks finished No. 2 that season and Bellotti was named the Bear Bryant national coach of the year.
Unger was a stalwart on Oregon's offensive line, starting 51 consecutive games from his freshman to his senior seasons. He earned first-team all-America honors in 2007 and 2008 and was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the NFL draft. He spent his final four years with the Saints and retired this spring. He won a Super Bowl with Seattle.
Rupp is a three-time Olympian who won silver in the 10,000 meters in 2012 and bronze in the 2016 marathon. At Oregon, the Portland native capped his decorated career by winning the 2008 NCAA cross country title, three indoor titles and outdoor titles in the 5,000 and 10,000.
Rupp will be inducted with his teammates from the 2007 and 2008 cross country teams, including stars Matthew Centrowitz, Luke Puskedra and Andrew Wheating. Coached by Vin Lananna, the Ducks won their first back-to-back NCAA team titles since Steve Prefontaine led the team to consecutive titles in 1973 and 1974.
Yurkovich, a Newberg native, won four straight Pac-10 javelin titles from 2006-09. She won NCAA titles in 2008 and 2009 and qualified for the women's javelin final at the 2009 IAAF World Championships.
After earning the first NCAA Tournament bid in school history, the 1989 Ducks softball team advanced to the Women's College World Series, which stood as the school's only WCWS appearance until 2012. The team included Katie Wiese, Kim Manning and Julie Cavanaugh, all of whom have been inducted into the hall of fame as individuals.
Individuals are eligible for the UO hall of fame 10 years after leaving the school. The 2019 class will be inducted at the hall of fame banquet Oct. 25 and will be honored the following day at the Ducks' football game against Washington State.